The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Kasie West, you’ve outdone yourself once again.


I have previously read the Pivot Point, Split Second duology by her (If you haven’t read that one, it’s amazing and you need to check it out!). I loved the writing so much that I told myself I had to read every Kasie West book ever. I finally bought another one and I am so happy I did.

Let me just say, I am not a big fan of contemporaries. I usually don’t reach for them unless I’m really feeling it.

But if all contemporaries were like this book, I would be a huge fan!


Kasie West has such a gift. She could write anything and I would probably buy it. She’s just so great at writing a story. Her wordplay and character building is phenomenal.

The characters in the story were all expertly written. I loved them all. They were quirky and fun and so real.

Because this is a single book, I did feel some things were left unfinished. But I think it’s because I am so used to trilogies and series that it’s hard for me to realize that a sequel is not coming… *sobs*

The story is clean. I do recommend it for teens and up, though, because somethings mentioned, while not inappropriate, would be best understood by teens and older.



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